Crossrail journey to Chatto

Crossrail journey to Chatto

Chatto & Windus has acquired two non-fiction titles on the subject of journeys.

Publishing director Clara Farmer acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in a book with the working title Crossing London by Gillian Tindall, on proposal from Gordon Wise at Curtis Brown.

The book is described as "an unusual journey into London's past" following the route of the Crossrail underground railway.  "Alongside Crossrail's excavations Tindall digs deep for the lost lives and hidden histories along the way, including Bedlam lunatic asylum, Farringdon's Black Death plague pit and Tyburn public execution ground," the publisher said.

Publication is planned for 2016.

Meanwhile Farmer also bought world English language rights in On Air, a debut non-fiction work by long-haul pilot Mark Vanhoenacker. Farmer acquired the book in a pre-empt alongside Dan Frank, editorial director of Pantheon Books, Random House US, from Caroline Michel at PFD.

The publishers described it as recapturing "the poetry and wonder of flight in a modern world and will do for air travel what Robert MacFarlane did for mountaineering". Planned publication date is spring 2015.